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Last night, I posted an email that Chris Allbritton, an American reporter based in Beirut, had sent to National Review Online in early October. In it, Allbritton called W. Thomas Smith Jr., who has been posting stories from Lebanon for NRO, a “liar.” This was one of many red flags NRO received about Smith’s work, but kept publishing him nonetheless.
Now Jonathan Schwarz at Mother Jones writes about his own curious experience with NRO’s online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez, who was very, very slow to address the obvious problems with Smith’s work.
Meanwhile, The New Republic has published a long story confirming what has been obvious for a long time: the columns of “Baghdad Diarist” Scott Thomas Beauchamp contained large amounts of crap.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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